I was asked to write a post for The Bow Tie Aficionado (@bowtieaficio). The support from fellow bow tie wearers brought additional publicity, which turned into more funds into the scholarship.
This year the Bow Tie Aficionado asked what I was going to do for an encore. This year (2015), to celebrate #NationalBowTieDay, I decided that instead of teaching people how to tie bow ties, I would celebrate people wearing them. I laid out a plan and wrote another post for the Bow Tie Aficionado.
The rules are simple: I will make a donation in honor of every person who sends me a photo of themselves wearing a bow tie on #NationalBowTieDay, August 28, 2015, to the Greg Chew Theatre Scholarship. If I meet someone in person on August 28 wearing a bow tie, I will increase the donation if they allow me to take a picture with them that I post to Twitter (@dowendo). The donation will be larger if the bow tie is self-tied.
How can you help?
- Pledge to sponsor me: You can pledge to make a donation to the Greg Chew Theatre Scholarship - either a flat amount (safer) or a per bow tie amount (risky) - all pledges should be made publicly on Twitter (@dowendo) - but you will be on your honor to donate, which can be done online at The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Greg Chew Page.
- Join in the fun: Tweet me a photo of you wearing your best bow tie on August 28, 2015 (yes, you have to be wearing it on August 28!) to @dowendo with #ChewScholarship or #SkipTheClip. Even better, try to track me down for a selfie of us both wearing bow ties.
- Make a donation: Just make a donation. The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation is doing an amazing job of managing the Greg Chew Theatre Scholarship Fund.